Yoga Frog

Nora Carpenter, illus. by Mark Chambers. Running Press Kids, $14.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-7624-6467-8
Yoga Frog is a green fellow with long, thin legs and arms and a rather anxious expression in his eyes. But he has a morning yoga routine for when “he’s not feeling his happy, froggy self, or if he wants to feel better.” Yoga Frog demonstrates 19 different yoga poses, including “Giraffe,” “Crescent Moon,” “Hawk in Nest,” “Caterpillar,” and “Bridge.” Carpenter briefly yet vividly describes how to perform each pose, along with its symbolism: “Raise your arms skyward like branches, breathing as you wobble. Switch feet. Tree pose reminds us to embrace flexibility and not be too stiff.” Carpenter includes the names of each pose in Sanskrit—“Cat” is “Marjaryasana,” and “Volcano” is “Malasana”—providing an extra layer of knowledge for interested yogis. Serene and bright background colors offer appealing contrast to Yoga Frog’s green tone, and end pages feature a foldout and perforated poster that shows all of his poses. Ages 4–8. (May)
Reviewed on: 04/09/2018
Release date: 05/29/2018
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